What is The Degree of Sin For Mocking a Group of People?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


If I mock a large group of people, like a language or cultural group, do I get a sin for every single person in the group, or only one sin for mocking the whole group? How about small groups like families or sports teams?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

You will not get a sin for mocking every member but as a group, the same as families and teams. Mockery, name-calling, spying, and backbiting have extremely detrimental effects on relations. One will be sinful according to the degree of mocking of a people, but not for every single person.

Allah Most High says, “O believers! Do not let some men ridicule others; they may be better than them, nor let some women ridicule other women; they may be better than them. Do not defame one another, nor call each other by offensive nicknames. How evil it is to act rebelliously after having faith! And whoever does not repent, it is they who are the true wrongdoers.” [Quran, 49:11]

Allah Most High gives us success to understand real virtue, practice and follow it, and always obey Him and have proper conduct towards Him and all his fellow human beings, amin.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.